Hunter Dickinson says lack of NIL money at Michigan factored into transfer decision
Hunter Dickinson said this week that his lack of NIL opportunities at Michigan are, at least partially, what caused him to enter the transfer portal.
Dickinson said on the RoundBall Podcast on Tuesday that he made under $100,000 last season with the Wolverines. His move to Kansas is expected to provide far more value for the former All-American.
“The people hating on me would leave their job right now for a $10,000 increase,” Dickinson said, via ESPN. “I got, at Michigan, less than six figures. I got less than six figures at Michigan for the year.”
Dickinson’s NIL deal with the Jayhawks has not yet been disclosed.
Dickinson spent 3 seasons with the Wolverines, including an All-America campaign in 2021-22. This past season, he averaged over 18 points and 9 rebounds per game as Michigan missed the NCAA Tournament.
So far, Michigan has not added a like-for-like replacement at the center position. The Wolverines do have a commitment from 6-foot-10 forward Tray Jackson (Seton Hall transfer) but he is expected to have a much different role.
Michigan also has a backup center in rising sophomore Tarris Reed, who is a former 4-star recruit. Reed averaged just over 12 minutes per game last season.